SHARPE — Mr. Gary Leo Smith, 68, of Sharpe, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 12:45 a.m. at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray.
Born Sunday, June 25, 1944, in West Frankfort, Illinois. He was the son of the late Leo H. Smith and Betty (Darnell) Smith of Paducah, Ky. He was a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School, he retired after 31 years of service with the TVA Shawnee Steam Plant. He enjoyed his family, his grandchildren, wood working, reading, feeding the birds and cooking.
He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force while stationed at the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. He was a member of Sharpe Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Joette (Bradley) Smith; one son, Derrald Anthony “Tony” Smith and wife Kim of Stanton, Ky.; two sisters, Brenda Wooley and husband Charles of Paducah and Sondra Pax and husband John of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Megan Smith and Ethan Smith, both of Stanton, Ky.; mother-in-law, Lucille (English) Bradley of Reidland; brother-in-law, Stephen Joe Bradley of Reidland; several aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Jerry D. Smith.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Collier Funeral Home in Benton, Kentucky, with the Rev. Chris Moore officiating. Interment with military honors are to follow the service in Provine Cemetery of Benton.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Collier Funeral Home, 211 West 5th, Benton, Kentucky.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to: Provine Cemetery Fund, David Culp, 115 Al York Rd., Benton, KY 42025.